An Altamonte Springs woman was injured Friday morning, while stepping off of a metro bus. Julia Fernandez had just exited a Lynx bus when she was struck by a Honda Civic driven by Lisa Kornacki, 26, also of Altamonte Springs. According to authorities, Kornacki was traveling westbound on State Road 436 when noticed at the last second that traffic was stopped in front of her.
She swerved to avoid the accident but clipped the back of a Chevrolet Sonic stopped behind the bus. Her vehicle glanced off of the Sonic and jumped up onto the curb where it struck both the bus shelter and Ms. Fernandez. Fernandez was rushed to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. Kornacki was also taken to a nearby hospital and was treated and released.
It is unknown at this time whether speed was a factor in this incident, which is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the Chevrolet Sonic has been identified as Bill Edwin Mayhugh, from Winter Springs. Mr. Mayhugh suffered only minor injuries as a result of this accident. All drivers involved were wearing their safety belts.
This incident occurred early Friday morning, around 8:30 a.m., at a time when many people are rushing off to work or school. Many drivers may be rushing to get to their destination on time and may possibly be impatient with other drivers around them. This rushed mindset may result in ‘tunnel vision’ for these drivers who are so distracted by the need to move quickly, that they may not notice hazardous situations such as traffic stopped or pedestrians trying to cross in front of them.
Just a moment’s inattention while driving can have very grave consequences. Adjusting the radio, reaching down to grab your coffee, or even looking at your kids in the back seat requires only one or two seconds of time, but that may be the difference between avoiding or being involved in a serious accident. No one gets on the road in the morning intending to cause injury to anyone, but accidents happen on Florida roads every day, and often to people who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was not their fault, you know first-hand the kind of damage it causes. Physical injury, emotional turmoil and financial havoc can take its toll on even the strongest of people. Fortunately, we can help.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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